Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!
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The Dickinson Regional Communications Center sent out a reverse 911 message on Friday evening, which asked residents in the area north of Gladstone to be on the lookout for a white middle-aged male on foot possibly attempting to seek shelter. The male was previously observed driving highly erratically in Dickinson, and later observed driving in a field by a rancher north of Gladstone. Residents in the area were asked to lock their doors and secure their vehicles.
The Dickinson Police Department is asking the general public for assistance in locating a missing/runaway juvenile. Police are attempting to locate Matthew D. Welty, 16, of Williston. Welty was last seen in Dickinson on Feb. 16 when he absconded during an organized field trip. "Welty may be in the Dickinson or Williston areas and is believed to be purposely avoiding location," police said in a press release. If anyone has any information related to Welty's whereabouts they are asked to please contact the Dickinson Police Department at 701-456-7759 Ext. 1.
BOWMAN—While Teran Doerr may not have been born and raised in Bowman, N.D., she has a great passion for serving the people of Bowman County through its development corporation. Doerr has been involved in the Bowman County Development Corporation for 10 years, with the last five years as the economic director. "Our job is different every single day and it's definitely different from community to community," Doerr said.
BOWMAN—Lyn James, President of the Bowman City Commission, is always looking to do what's best for the city of Bowman and its people. James is serving her four-year term as a President of the Bowman City Commission. Before that she also served for two terms as a commissioner, James said. James was born and raised in Bowman. She said she moved to Denver, Colo. for a short time before moving back to her hometown. "It was good for us to go and find out how much home and small and small community meant to us," she said.
As the saying goes, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Janine Vining, with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said forecasts, as of late Friday afternoon, are predicting freezing drizzle and heavy snow for the first weekend in March, with the Dickinson area potentially getting 8 to 12 inches of snow through Tuesday. The storm may start off with freezing drizzle or light snow on Sunday morning, Vining said.
Many people were left without a home and at least one person was injured following a fire at a townhouse in Dickinson on Wednesday morning. Dickinson Fire Chief Robert Sivak said firefighters were called to the 1300 block of Sims Street around 6:38 a.m. for a fire at a townhouse. The department responded with five apparatuses and 28 firefighters. The fire was under control by 8:16 a.m., Sivak said. Sivak said the cause of the fire may have been accidental, but as of Wednesday afternoon, he did not know the specifics of what caused the blaze.
• A 25-year-old Williston man was arrested for Class A misdemeanor fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot, reckless driving, driving under the influence and driving under suspension, all of which are Class B misdemeanors following an attempted traffic stop on Museum Drive around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. Police said the North Dakota Highway Patrol attempted to do a traffic stop on the man for speeding but he did not stop. He then stopped the vehicle and allegedly ran away on foot before eventually being caught.
A Gladstone rancher accused of animal neglect changed his plea on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson. Gerald "Gary" Dassinger was previously charged with three counts of animal cruelty, a Class C felony, and six counts of animal neglect, a Class A misdemeanor. However, following a change of plea hearing held Monday, the three Class C felony charges of animal cruelty were dismissed. Dassinger pleaded guilty to the remaining six misdemeanor counts. Dassinger's jury trial was previously scheduled to start on Monday.
Kristin Hedger, vice president for business development at Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, works day in and day out to provide stable jobs to western North Dakotans and to continue to grow her family's company. Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing was founded by Hedger's grandparents in 1987. She said her first job was working with her grandparents delivering mail as a kid. "I remember the founding of the company and it's near and dear to my heart," she said.
A Dickinson man was arrested after sending officers on "low-speed" chase through town on Thursday, Feb. 22. The Dickinson Police Department attempted a traffic stop on a suspended driver around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. It was believed the 37-year-old man was possibly armed, DPD Capt. Joe Cianni said in an email to The Press.